Situation worsens in Syria

Syrian authorities have been urged by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the killings of at least 37 people, including children in the southern city of Daraa.

It says that the situation in Syria has worsened considerably over the past week with the use of live ammunition and tear gas against demonstrators.

Rupert Colville the spokesman for the human rights chief says that the Syrian government has announced a set of political and economic reforms.

“We welcome the decision to investigate the killings and reiterate our call for this investigation to be clearly independent and impartial. Those responsible for the killings must be held accountable. We also welcome the release of those associated with the protests in Daraa, and hope that all human rights defenders and political activists throughout the whole of Syria, who have also reportedly been arrested, will also be released.”

Rupert Colville says the government has also said that it will start consultations to end the state of emergency that has been place since 1963.

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